Wednesday, August 1, 2018

BETTY BITES BACK anthology kickstarter!

Love scary stories with a feminist twist?!


The BETTY BITES BACK: HORROR STORIES FOR YOUNG FEMINISTS anthology Kickstarter is live! Check it out here and support BETTY BITES BACK!


Follow the link to view the rewards, have awesome stuff for writers and readers. And here are the rest of the details:
 
BETTY BITES BACK is a short story anthology featuring 15 feminist horror stories. (While most of our content is YA appropriate, please note we recommend this anthology for 16+.)

After the success of the AMONG THE SHADOWS anthology kickstarter we’ve decided to do it again! This time our anthology is full of feminist horror stories. BETTY BITES BACK has something for everyone and runs the gambit from speculative fiction to ghost stories to revenge fantasy and back again. BETTY BITES BACK is scheduled to release October 2019.

We’re older and wiser, so based on kickstarter feedback we’re doing things a little different this time, with stretch goals:

Initial Goal 2,000

First Stretch Goal $3,000- Free AMONG THE SHADOWS ebook to all supporters

Second Stretch Goal $4,000 – Swag pack for all supporters who pledged $15 or more

Third Stretch Goal $5,000 – All Supporters who pledged for a PB get at least one signature included

Fourth Stretch Goal $6,000 – All supporters who pledged for a PB get at least three signatures included

We’ll share as soon as each goal is met.

We’ll be posting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with updates to spotlight each of our authors and with teasers for their stories. Since it’s the first post, we want to kick off with a bang so let’s announce our line up!

Liz Coley
Shannon Green
Elaine Griffin
Lindsey Klingele
Kamerhe Lane
Jenna Lehne
Demitria Lunetta
Emilee Martell
Tracie Martin
Cori McCarthy
Kyrie McCauley
Mindy McGinnis
Kate Karyus Quinn
Melody Simpson
Amanda Sun

Today we’re also starting off with our three editors/contributing authors’ spotlight. Here’s a taste of what’s in store!

VAGINA DENTATA by Mindy McGinnis

A young woman decides to put a sting in her honeypot, surgically altering herself so that she will never be a victim again.

Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author who writes across multiple genres including post apocalyptic, mystery, thriller, historical, fantasy, and contemporary. HEROINE, a story of the opioid epidemic in the heartland and how far one female athlete will go for her team, releases in March of 2019 from Katherine Tegen Books.


THE CHANGE by Kate Karyus Quinn

A short story in verse with magical realism elements about a near future where women have evolved in interesting ways.

Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. After living in both California and Tennessee, she returned to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, and now lives there with her husband, three children, and one enormous dog. She is the author of young adult novels: ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, (DON'T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME, and DOWN WITH THE SHINE all from HarperTeen.


MATCHED by Demitria Lunetta

In the future men are in short supply and women must procreate for the good of society. A young woman finds that duty and love are not mutually exclusive.

Demitria Lunetta is the author of the YA Sci-fi duology, IN THE AFTER and IN THE END (HarperTeen). Her latest book, BAD BLOOD, is a YA paranormal set in Scotland. She is also an editor and contributing author for the YA anthology, AMONG THE SHADOWS: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS & LIGHT. Her next novel, THE FADE, will release from Delacorte /Random House in December 2018.
 

 

Monday, July 9, 2018

THE FADE preorder plus Giveaway!

 
THE FADE is available for pre-order!
 
We don't want to disappear.We want to be found.

Something terrible happened in her basement. Haley can feel it.

Four girls went missing several years ago, and the police never solved the case. But Haley knows the missing girls were murdered. How else can she explain the hostile presence in her house?

The ghostly girls need something from her. And unless Haley can figure out what they want . . . she might be next.
 
Enter to win a signed ARC!
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, April 2, 2018

BETTY BITES BACK anthology - Call for Authors!

In our first call for authors we received so many great submissions, we were really blown away! That being said, we'd like to have more diversity in our anthology so this call out is for #ownvoices authors, POC authors, and differently abled authors.


 
Betty Bites Back: Horror Stories for Young Feminists
 
You may have heard about our previous short story collection, AMONG THE SHADOWS, and our successful kickstarter campaign.
 
We loved working with our amazing authors; Gretchen McNeil Griffin, Justina Ireland, Phoebe North, Geoffrey Girard, Lydia Kang, Rachel Lewis, Joelle Charbonneau, Kelly Fiore (Kelly Ann Edgeington Stultz), Lenore Appelhans Eisenhour, and Beth G Revis.
 
Well, we're at it again! Mindy McGinnis, Kate Karyus Quinn, and I are putting together another collection of short stories. This time the theme is dark and feminist...and we're sending out a call for submissions. *Please note that subject matter should be 16+, though there is no restriction on the age of the protagonist.*
 
1) Must feature a female (or female-identifying) character.
  

2) All lengths welcome! Stories should be copied into the body of the email. Include a short bio with previous works and submission word count. If you are interested in submitting a novella (more than 15,000 words) please include a short summary as well.
 

3) Submit to BettyBitesBackSub@gmail.com Subject line should include Title and Author Names. Submission Deadline Friday May 11th, 2018.
 

4) We are reserving spots for previously unpublished authors. Instead of a bio, just note that you're previously unpublished.
 
THE FINE PRINT: This is an unpaid collection and will be funded by a kickstarter campaign. Authors retain all the rights to their stories. Five author copies will be provided to each contributor, as well as other promotional materials, such as bookmarks and postcards. As with AMONG THE SHADOWS, BETTY BITES BACK will be priced for maximum exposure. We want to move copies! All profits will be put back into advertising. Please check out our previous short story collection AMONG THE SHADOWS. We would be happy to provide you with a complimentary ebook copy!
 
Questions? Feel free to comment below and Mindy, Kate, or I will answer!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Cancer Update – To Boob or Not to Boob


[In this post I will talk about my boobs, curse, and mention/show photos of gross medical things. You have been warned. J ]

 

After all my surgeries and treatments last year, I decided that I wouldn’t get reconstruction. I had great reasons. In one year I’d had five surgeries, and didn’t want any more. I’m not a super vain person, so I didn’t think I’d care about having boobs. I also didn’t want to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on something that is seen as cosmetic. I mean, who needs boobs anyway?
 

But after six months of weighing the pros and cons, I’ve come to the decision. I WANT BOOBS!

What changed my mind? Let’s take it point by point. 

VANITY – There is a cold cap device that you can wear during Chemo that helps you keep your hair. It costs hundreds of dollars to rent. My first thought was, who cares? I just don’t want to die. Why would anyone waste their money? Well, let me tell you, when you’re bald and underweight and basically look like the crypt keeper, it’s not really about being vain. It’s about feeling like yourself.  I had the same reservations about reconstruction. Could I live without boobs? Yeah. Sure. Of course I could. But I decided that it would be a huge step toward feeling like myself again.
[Here's a picture of one of the crappier moments...but I got through it!]

 

[Here is me looking super confused on how to ring a bell after completion of my chemotherapy!]


 

SURGERY – Sigh. So many fucking surgeries. I have a ga-billion doctors and now I can add two plastic surgeons to the mix. For the reconstruction, I will have a major initial surgery in which they remove the skin and fat from my stomach and make a boob out of it. Gross, right? Oh, but it gets better. Since I don’t really have a nice big tummy, they will then have to suck the fat out of other bits of me and seed the fat cells into my new boob. I’ll have to do this at least three times. So why bother? As my awesome surgeon told me, I’m young. I can take it. I might have 50 or so years left. I shouldn't let fear of surgeries make the decision for me.

 


MONEY – Having cancer not only sucks, but it’s super expensive. I had so many people donate money to me the first time around, it made a huge difference. Reconstruction is no different. The estimate for the surgery is between forty to fifty thousand. I’m lucky to have insurance and they’ll pay for most of it, but my out of pocket costs will still be in the thousands…not to mention down time. So once again I am going to beg for money. I started a campaign on GoFundMe and if you can donate anything at all, I will be immensely grateful. You can also brag that you helped buy me boobs.

I wanted a fundraiser gauge that was a boob but I couldn’t find one! Anyone know how I can get one...or a pink ribbon will do, I suppose.
And even if you can't offer financial support (believe me, I get it) feel free to post about your journey. Survivor stories are always welcome!
 

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

THE FADE Cover Reveal

Want to see the cover for my upcoming YA paranormal,
THE FADE?
 
Of course you do!
Head over to YA Books Central to check it out
and enter to win a signed arc!
 
More on THE FADE coming soon!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

THE FADE Announcement

Here's the PW announcement for my next YA novel!

Children's:
Young Adult 
Demitria Lunetta's THE FADE, about a 16-year-old girl who must discover who murdered the girls haunting her house before she's next, to Wendy Loggia at Delacorte, for publication in December 2018, by Maura Kye-Casella at Don Congdon Associates (World English).
 
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More on THE FADE soon!!!